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Brandon Stanley – Big Old World

July 23, 2009

Label: Big Feather Records
Rating: 4 Guns

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Written By: Darwin Green

With a bias more towards country than pop, softer than rock, slightly harder than easy listening, with flourishes of electro-sounds and production, Brandon Stanley delivers an album full of surprises. I bet Stanley wrote these songs outdoors, in the sun, with black axel grease covering a sensitive heart with nostalgia for small towns, church, and dreams of the big city.

Some songs are meant for live performances, and while listening to “Big Old World,” the title track, one can imagine the waving bodies of adoring fans, the smell of incense and other types of smoke drifting through the air, and thousands of lit cigarette lighters or cell phones held up in appreciation. It’s a catchy, story of people in the style of Mellencamp that, as the title suggests, deals with universal themes of struggle and contradiction. It’s apparent why the album has the title of this song. Each song on the album lays out the story of people in their various private struggles and dilemmas, encompassing a whole world of heartache and faith.

Faith plays a large role on the album. With tracks entitled “Jesus on Main Street,” and “Grace Will Guide,” as well as reference to Jesus on other songs it strongly suggests that Stanley has deep roots in Christianity. “Two Chords & The Truth” is practically an ode to Christianity. One would not find it surprising if a large part of Stanley’s influences came from church hymns.
Soulful, inspiring, and contemplative are three adjectives I could ascribe to the tightly structured songwriting throughout the whole album. If one had any complaints about the album it might be that the songs are so tightly structured that each song might blend into each other; but that being said, if one likes even one of the songs then one will no doubt like every song.

Like Brandon Stanley? Then you might like John Cougar Mellencamp, Tom Petty, Matchbox Twenty

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BRANDON STANLEY CARRIES THE BIG ‘OL WORLD ON HIS SHOULDERS

July 13, 2009

Written By: Jim Markunas

Download This! – Brandon Stanley – “Run

Brandon Stanley is no stranger to the music industry. Four years ago, Brandon released his first single “If I Fall” to radio stations throughout his region. The result was a faith-and-gasoline effort that ultimately garnered Brandon a Top 40 single, brought him across America for five national tours, and proved that great music will always find a home and audience. A lot has changed within the music industry since then, yet Brandon still believes the same principle still stands as strong today.

The handsome southerner is an original. By staying true to his twangy roots, while incorporating pop elements, Brandon’s brand of simple musical emotion is not only moving, but it’s also refreshing in the current cookie-cutter music industry. The result is the angelic BIG OLD WORLD (Big Feather Records).

Breathy vocals that parallel that of Elvis Costello and Ben Harper, mixed with the simple musicality of Jeff Buckley and The Verve, Brandon Stanley is the soulful answer to current Americana.

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Brandon Stanley On Tour In Southern U.S.

July 13, 2009

Written By: Jim Markunas

Download This! – Brandon Stanley – “Run

Tour Dates

07.10.09 – Sacred Grounds – Tampa, FL
07.11.09 – Jack Rabbit’s – Jacksonville, FL
07.13.09 – Blind Willie’s – Atlanta, GA
07.25.09 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
08.13.09 – Poor David’s – Dallas, TX
09.09.09 – Pub Fiction – Houston, TX
09.19.09 – Cave Creek Coffee – Cave Creek, AZ
09.22.09 – Knitting Factory – Hollywood, CA
09.23.09 – Torch Club – Sacramento, CA
09.25.09 – The Plough And Stars – San Francisco, CA
09.27.09 – Sirens – Port Townsend, WA (Seattle)
09.29.09 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
09.30.09 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID

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